Half the adult population of south west London has received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A total of 609,000 people have received one coronavirus jab according to the latest NHS figures – the equivalent of around 51% of the combined adult population of the boroughs of Merton, Wandsworth, Croydon, Sutton, Kingston and Richmond.
Across the UK, health services have now delivered nearly 34 million first vaccinations to the most vulnerable people and more than 13 million second doses.
People eligible for vaccination in south west London can log on to the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to arrange their appointment or they can call 119 free of charge instead. People do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
They can attend a local GP-led vaccination site, one of the large vaccination centres or some pharmacies.
Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and lead GP for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in South West London, said: “Reaching the milestone of vaccinating half south west London’s adult population is good news as we protect our most vulnerable residents from COVID-19.
“Thanks to the efforts of our NHS staff, volunteers and the fantastic support of everyone else at the venues – from shopping centres to sports stadiums and churches, mosques, temples and pop-up clinics – we have vaccinated 609,000 people since starting our programme 20 weeks ago.
“However, we know there is plenty more to do as we seek to beat COVID-19 through delivering many more of these safe, effective vaccines so we’re pleased to have the continued support of local authorities, businesses, residents and the voluntary sector.”
The NHS is currently offering the vaccine to people who are 42 and over or turn 42 before 1 July 2021, residents and staff in care homes, people who are extremely clinically vulnerable, people with a learning disability, frontline health and care staff and people who get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by their local authority or whose GP record show they are a carer.
Volunteers provide support for people at vaccine centres and they also marshal car parks and register people when they arrive.
People get a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before their jab. They are asked not to arrive too far in advance of their appointment to ensure queues can be kept to a minimum and social distancing is maintained.
GPs are continuing to contact those who are housebound to vaccinate them at home.
Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination programme at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine